After rallying for a 4-3 win against the Washington Capitals on Sunday, the Vegas Golden Knights opted to stay in the U.S. capital another night and gathered for a Super Bowl party at their hotel. Goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury looked forward to spending to some time with his teammates and enjoying the game and their company, but admitted his mind might wander ahead. The Golden Knights will travel to Pittsburgh on Monday to begin preparing for their game against the Pittsburgh Penguins at PPG Paints Arena on Tuesday (7 p.m. ET; SN1, SNE, SNO, TVAS, ATTSN-PT, ATTSN-RM, NHL.TV). Fleury, who played 13 seasons and won the Stanley Cup in 2009, 2016 and 2017 with the Penguins, has had that game circled on his calendar for a while. He's kept it on the backburner mentally, but over the next two days his Pittsburgh past will intersect with his Vegas present. "It's been coming," Fleury said. "I always say, 'I'm going to think about the next game before there's another one.' But now we're there and it's going to be lots of mixed emotions." Fleury already faced the Penguins once this season; he made 24 saves in a 2-1 win at T-Mobile Arena on Dec. 14. But the 33-year-old expects his emotions will be at a different level for his return to Pittsburgh, the city that was his in-season home since the Penguins selected him with the first pick of the 2003 NHL Draft. His wife, Veronique, and their two daughters, parents and sister are traveling to Pittsburgh for the game. Fleury will receive his 2017 Stanley Cup championship ring from owner Mario Lemieux. There will no doubt be a video chronicling all he accomplished with the Penguins, setting team records with 375 wins and 44 shutouts and, of course, being part of those three championship teams. From his fun-loving approach on the ice and the charity work he did off it, Fleury became one of the most popular players in Penguins history. This will be an opportunity for their fans to show their appreciation.
Fleury excited for return to Pittsburgh with Golden Knights
NHL.com | Feb 4